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Singer Harmonica player R.J. Mischo began his music career 20 years ago in Minneapolis. He worked with the area’s legends of the Blues scene like Muddy Waters Alumni Mojo Buford and Sonny Rogers, as well as Percy Strothers & Milwaukee Slim. R.J. then lead his own groups and gained a reputation as one of the regions top acts. During his tenure in Minneapolis, R.J. was nominated into several categories by the Minnesota Music Academy and in 1996 won the Award for Best Harmonica Player. RJ Mischo funnels everyday life and personal experiences through his harp and vocals, and what pours out is the hot-blooded passion, the playful humor and high voltage energy of the blues.
R.J. was introduced to audiences worldwide when he & guitarist Teddy Morgan formed the RJ & Kid Morgan Blues Band featuring Percy Strother. In 1992 they released Ready To Go on the W. C. Handy Award winning Blue Loon Records. 1994 brought the critically acclaimed Gonna Rock Tonight also on Blue Loon Records. After several successful tours of Europe, RJ recorded 2 CD’s, Rough ‘N" Tough in 1996 and Cool Disposition in 1997 on the prestigious German label, Crosscut Records. In 1998 R.J. Mischo and His Red Hot Blues Band moved to San Francisco , California. As well as performing regularly in the Bay area, the Band also tours extensively throughout the United States and Europe. R.J. has appeared on some of the world’s biggest Blues events. R.J.’s 1999 release, West Wind Blowin' , features 15 songs & guest appearances by Rusty Zinn & Steve Freund.